Water and peacebuilding in Iraq and Syria

Experts examine the dynamics of transboundary water politics in Iraq and Syria and address the role water can play in future peacebuilding efforts.

Research event Recording
11 February 2021 — 3:00PM TO 4:00PM

Water and Peacebuilding in Iraq and Syria

— In this event Professor Aysegül Kibaroglu and Dr Ramazan Caner Sayan are joined by Dr Azzam Alwash and Glada Lahn to discuss their article 'Water and imperfect peace in the Euphrates-Tigris river basin', which was published in the January 2021 issue of International Affairs.

Throughout the Syrian civil war and the rise of ISIS, water has played a key political role both as a weaponized resource and as something that acted as a location for potential peacebuilding.

In this event, we invite two recent contributors to International Affairs to look back at the impacts of water on the conflict and explore what role it can play in ongoing regional peacebuilding efforts.

The International Affairs Webinar Series provides readers and Chatham House members the opportunity to discuss pertinent topics with experts in the field. The series’ panellists are recent International Affairs authors who will discuss their research and answer questions you have about its impact on your business, policy measures or area of interest.


Professor Aysegül Kibaroglu, Chair, Department of Political Science and International Relations at MEF University, Istanbul

Dr Ramazan Caner Sayan, Postdoctoral Fellow in Water Security at the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH)

Discussant: Dr Azzam Alwash, Founder and CEO, Nature Iraq, Member of the Board of Trustees of the American University of Iraq – Sulaimani, and Goldman Environmental Prize Laureate

Chair: Glada Lahn, Senior Research Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources Programme, Chatham House

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